Singles action from Miami concluded on Saturday with Victoria Azarenka claiming the Sunshine Double. The second Premier Mandatory tournament of the year was a fun one with many of the top ten players finding some form again after an unsettled start to the year. Attention will soon switch to the Volvo Car Open in Charleston. This is one my favourite tournaments of the year so Moo’s Tennis Blog will be covering it, starting with a main draw preview on Sunday. Read on for Match Points from the 2016 Miami Open…
Victoria Azarenka defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-3 6-2 to win her third title of the year at the Miami Open and extend her sensational record in 2016 to 22-1. The Belarusian made a super start to the final, hitting the ball beautifully to go up 2-0. However, the serve, which has been the only liability these past two weeks, went astray in the first set with Azarenka committing five double faults. The return game was on the money and when the rallies got going, Azarenka was always on top. Azarenka is the first player since Kim Clijsters in 2005 to win Indian Wells and Miami back-to-back. This is some start to the year for Vika….
Lucie Safarova and Bethanie Mattek-Sands won their first tournament together in 2016, beating Timea Babos and Yaroslava Shvedova in the final, 6-3 6-4… Congrats, Team Bucie! 🙂
Completed Singles Draw
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Eek! Sloane Stephens had a really rough first match against Heather Watson. Those unforced errors…
A Serena special this week…this one that made my eyes pop out as Christina McHale hit more winners than Serena in a set.
And Zarina Diyas got in on the action too in the third round!
And then Serena ran into Svetlana Kuznetsova who produced one of the best winners to unforced errors ratio of the tournament.
And finally, the stats told the story in the first of the women’s semi-finals with breaks of serve alluding Timea Bacsinszky.
GIFs and funny moments
Lucie Hradecka’s reaction to what her coach had to say during her first round match against Eugenie Bouchard was hahahaha
Oracene GIFs are my favourites. This is another classic.
Timea after her third round win over Ana Ivanovic!
Not necessarily funny but it made me laugh when Simona snapped! I’ve been known to do this on a tennis court before…
This is great after a huge point on break point.
This is an insane drop shot from Radwanska, which gets the racquet clap from Cornet!
And again from Radwanska v Cornet, here’s one of the rallies of the year so far.
Caroline Garcia successful with a SABR.
Angelique Kerber at her best!
And again… this was an incredible winner on match point.
This was a stunning rally in the Serena-Sveta match.
One of many incredible forehands that Garbiñe Muguruza produced in her fourth round match against Victoria Azarenka.
Konta hit some brilliant shots this week, two in the fourth round match against Elena Vesnina (that I can’t find!) and a handful in her quarter-final loss to Azarenka, of which one is linked below.
One of many superb points in the Kerber-Azarenka semi-final.
Finally, the shot of the tournament from Roberta Vinci 😛
Favourite net exchange of this week. Tons of respect between Victoria Azarenka and Johanna Konta after their quarter-final match.
And finally, this was lovely between Svetlana Kuznetsova and Timea Bacsinszky after their semi-final. Also, the match point is relevant for best points/shots too!
This was nice from Serena about Christina McHale.
And this was nice from Venus on Elena Vesnina.
And Timea 🙂
Enjoyed this analysis from Casey Bray of the Halep-Kasatkina second round match.
Congrats to my fellow blogger, Marija over at Women’s Tennis Blog for nine successful years!
Nice quotes HERE in this WTA Insider Notebook from semi-finals day at the Miami Open.
And a big thanks to Jake who wrote guest posts for the first two days at the Miami Open: Day 1 is HERE and day 2 is HERE. These can now be found on the guest posts HERE which houses all the posts from readers over the past year… thanks to all. To anyone interested in contributing their tournament experience, please do get in touch at MooTennisBlog@gmail.com!
Racket Rally: I forgot to make any changes this week and i’m already losing interest! It’s harder for these two week tournaments. Bosiddon leads the way in the Moo’s Tennis Blog league with Twobc2p top scoring (at the time of writing) for Miami so far. To join RR or update your team, click HERE.
Tennis Draw Challenge: Congrats to dublin101 who was the champion for Miami, correctly predicting Azarenka to win Miami. Moo was 17th… grade for this tournament, could do better! More details on the league and how to join can be found HERE.